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Rhea Law isn’t jumping into Tampa’s mayoral race—-yet

Tampa's political circles have been abuzz over the last week about whether or not the city's crowded mayoral field may be about to add another heavyweight.

Last week, Rhea Law, 68,  Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney chairwoman of the firm's Florida offices, announced she'd be stepping down from that role at the end of the year.

Quickly, speculation turned to if she was considering a run to replace term-limited Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Short answer? Not yet.

"You never say no to anything. You think about it. At this point, I have no plans to do that," Law told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday.

Former police chief Jane Castor has been leading early polling for the March 5 election, but retired banker and philanthropist David Straz Jr. has been spending lots of money. Tampa City Council members Harry Cohen and Mike Suarez, former county commissioner Ed Turanchik, branding consultant Topher Morrison and community activist LaVaughn King are also stumping hard in the race.

Law was asked if she planned to run for mayor on a WFLA radio show last week. She said the question came as a surprise.

"They asked to talk to me. Next thing I know they're suggesting I run for mayor," she said.

Law has been a go-to figure in Tampa's power circles, holding leadership positions in the Florida Top 100, Tampa Bay Partnership, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, University of South Florida, Stetson University College of Law. She is also vice -chair of the University of South Florida presidential search selection committee, according to a news release announcing her new role at the law firm.

She will remain "of counsel" to the powerful firm.

"I've had the opportunity to accomplish countless professional and personal goals and have loved every minute of my legal career. Entering this new exciting chapter, I fully intend to continue and expand my passions in education, economic development, public and private boards whose work is focused on building and improving the state I love," she said in the release.

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